A Humble Beginning
The Silver Spurs Rodeo in Kissimmee, Florida, had a humble beginning in 1941. It all started when Osceola County ranchers gathered in Tallahassee to ride in the inaugural parade for Florida Governor Spessard Holland.
This sparked the idea of continuing to gather and enjoy their shared interest in horseback riding. In May that year, the Silver Spurs Riding Club was formed and quickly grew in popularity across the state.
The First Rodeo
By the end of their first year, the Silver Spurs Riding Club had hosted a small informal rodeo and performed a square dance on horseback known as Quadrille in Moultrie, Georgia.
They participated in the state Kiwanis Convention in Orlando and performed in the Orange Bowl Parade in Miami. Back in the year 1943, the devoted members of the club put up their inaugural rodeo arena on a piece of land given by Henry O. Partin.
This land was situated at the intersection of present-day Neptune Road and Kings Highway in the charming town of Kissimmee.
A Tradition is Born
In March 1944, the group staged a show to contribute to the Fourth War Loan. The admission to the rodeo was the purchase of a war bond.
This was the first rodeo in the Partin pasture and drew about 1,000 people. That initial success led to the first full-dress rodeo on July 4, 1944. Then in 1949, the club acquired 15 acres on Highway 192 and started work on the Silver Spurs Rodeo Arena.
The first rodeo in this new location was held on July 4, 1950, and in February 1951, the club held its first mid-winter rodeo.
The Modern Rodeo
Today, the Silver Spurs Rodeo is the largest rodeo east of the Mississippi and is annually ranked among the top 50 events sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). In 1999, the Silver Spurs Riding Club approved the demolition of the old arena and the development of a brand-new state-of-the-art indoor facility.
In March 2002, the historic arena met its fate as demolition began. However, constructing a new multi-purpose Silver Spurs Arena started shortly after. By October 2003, the new Silver Spurs Arena was reopened and proudly showcased its 8,300 seats and 12 luxury skyboxes.
The indoor climate-controlled environment was designed to host various events, from rodeos to sporting events, concerts, and much more. With its modern and spacious facilities, the new Silver Spurs Arena now stands tall as a testament to the area’s commitment to keeping rodeo traditions alive.
The Rodeo Experience
Experience the thrill of the rodeo and celebrate years of tradition at the Silver Spurs Rodeo in Kissimmee this summer.
Step inside the indoor Silver Spurs Arena and prepare for a unique and exciting sheep riding experience perfect for children between the ages of four and six who weigh no more than 40 pounds.
Don’t wait; spots for this popular event are limited and fill up quickly. So arrive early to secure your child’s place and join the rodeo fun.
The Rodeo Events
At 7:30 pm sharp, watch the sport of rodeo’s seven traditional events: bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, and women’s barrel racing.
Between the seven traditional events, you’ll also see acts throughout the night from a rodeo clown, witness a performance from the junior Silver Spurs Quadrille Team, and see junior bull riders and barrel racers compete in the arena!
The Legacy Continues
With an uncompromising love of animals, land, and the outdoors, the Silver Spurs Riding Club continues to preserve an American tradition passed down for generations. In addition, the club’s commitment to promoting and maintaining the rodeo sport has also made the Silver Spurs Rodeo a special event in Osceola County and beyond.
The legacy of the Silver Spurs Rodeo and the Silver Spurs Riding Club continues to thrive, thanks to the hard work and dedication of its members, families, and volunteers.
How to Get Involved
Many opportunities are available if you’re interested in joining the Silver Spurs Riding Club or volunteering at the Silver Spurs Rodeo. You can join the club and participate in events and activities throughout the year.
You can also volunteer at the rodeo, helping with ticket sales, concessions, and arena setup tasks. To get involved, visit the Silver Spurs Rodeo website for more information on how to become a member or volunteer.
Plan Your Visit
If you’re planning a trip to Kissimmee, Florida, don’t miss the opportunity to experience the Silver Spurs Rodeo. The rodeo occurs twice yearly, in February and June, and tickets are affordable and accessible for all ages.
The indoor Silver Spurs Arena offers a comfortable and climate-controlled environment to enjoy the rodeo, and plenty of amenities are nearby, including hotels, restaurants, and attractions. Visit the Silver Spurs Rodeo website to purchase tickets and plan your visit.
The Silver Spurs Rodeo has a rich history and a bright future, thanks to the dedication of the Silver Spurs Riding Club and the support of the community.
The rodeo celebrates American tradition, showcasing the bravery, skill, and athleticism of rodeo competitors from across the country.
So come down to Kissimmee, Florida, and experience the excitement and tradition of the Silver Spurs Rodeo for yourself.